A Healthy Dose
Almost two decades of writing on natural health from our monthly newsletters, and the Debra's braintrust. A deep dive into herbs, vitamins, and common sense.
vitamins
Nov 2022

(See part 1 here) Multivitamin technologies fall into four basic categories. I have my favorite! And I’ll tell you what it is — eventually. In the meantime, as I go through the four options, bear in mind two things. First, not everyone uses these terms the same way I do. You need to get past

Nov
2022
vitamins
Oct 2022

So… do we really need a multivitamin? Well, “need” is a strong word… Okay, should we take a multivitamin? Some of us definitely should! You definitely want to consider a multi if you don’t eat a balanced diet. Or you’ve got some malabsorption issue – think celiac, inflammatory bowel disease, etc. Or you’re on severe

Oct
2022
Sep 2022

A subset of people have always suffered from diverse, chronic symptoms following viral infections — although they haven’t always been taken seriously. Long COVID may be worse, or more prevalent. But it’s not unprecedented.

Sep
2022
Aug 2022

In the fall of 2000, I wrote my first article ever for the Debra’s newsletter, an ode to and an appreciation for whey protein. Obviously, it was a favorite! 20 years later, and I still like whey. But some things have changed

Aug
2022
Jul 2022

We can’t cure asthma, but we can help, with obscure medicinal plants and at least common culinary spice (common in India…)

Jul
2022
Jun 2022

This is Part 1: What it Is, What to Do. (Find Part 2: Herbs and Supplements HERE) Asthma is a condition effecting the lungs. People who “have” asthma can go days, weeks, and months without having an attack. During an attack, the microscopic airways of the lungs become inflamed, limiting airflow.  The airways constrict, and

Jun
2022
tonic medicine chest
Apr 2022

Want to optimize health and vigor — subjective and objective wellbeing? We’ll talk about ginseng, shizandra berries, deer antler velvet, cordyceps and reishi mushrooms. How they work, and how to use them.

Apr
2022
healthy food salad bowl
Apr 2022

Most of us are just tired.  It’s the times and more. Many of us grab a cup of coffee for breakfast. A donut if willpower is weak. Many of us live on fast foods. We get up each morning, go to work, come home, go to bed. We manage, but never feel great. And while coffee, sugar and other stimulant

Apr
2022
a self portrait of Vincent Van Gogh
Oct 2021

Migraines aren’t just bad headaches. They’re “special” headaches. Sometimes, they’re not even headaches —

Oct
2021
apple cider vinegar
Jul 2021

From Hippocrates and Sung Tse, to WWII and finally our own Debra. We sing the praises of this most humble of remedies.

Jul
2021
Nov 2020

Anxiety is nothing now. Neither is herbal medicine for treating it. We’ll talk about CBD, of course, but ginseng, and Chinese medicine

Nov
2020